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John P. Guenther

January 20, 1942 - April 24, 2023

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Funeral Home Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home

  • Visitation: Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 2 PM – 6 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home
  • Funeral Service: Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11 AM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home
  • Interment: Fort Francis Cemetery, Fletcher, MO

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John Phillip Guenther, 81, of Festus, MO was Promoted to Glory on April 24, 2023 at his home surrounded by family.
John was born on January 20, 1942 in Granite City, IL to Francis Joseph and Clara Esther (ne, Merseal) Guenther. He was the youngest of 13 children.
On November 19, 1971, John married the love of his life, Glenda “Gendy” Bourbon. Together they had two daughters, Angie and Anita. They shared 48 years of marriage together until Glenda was Promoted to Glory on April 15, 2019.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Morgan, Howard , Charles , Donald, Raymond, Francis Jr., and Larry Guenther, sisters: Hazel Cliff , Virginia Guenther, Joyce Germanceri and Shirley Guenther.
He is survived by his two daughters: Angela (Jeffery) Merseal of Festus, MO, Anita (Heath) Sells of Peoria, IL, 5 grand-children, Natalie (Scott) Bolen, Brooke (Sean) Taylor, Andrew Merseal, Hannah and Elijah Sells, one great-granddaughter, Audrina Bolen, his sister, Delorus Cavins of Granite City, IL, and sister-in-law, Lucille Guenther of Granite City, IL, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Some of his proudest moments were watching his daughters get married, the birth of each of his grandchildren and playing his bass guitar along with his siblings. John loved his family and cherished spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. He would always say how very “precious” they were to him and reminded them of how “precious” they were every time he was with them.
John had an unshakeable faith and served the Lord faithfully. He was a member of The Salvation Army Church where he worked and volunteered. John loved to ring bells and help others. He loved worshipping and singing praises, especially playing his guitar. He was a man of amazing strength and great faith. Overcoming many obstacles in life, he never gave up. Even on his death bed he considered others and wanted us to be sure you all knew how important you were to him. Memorials may be sent to: The Salvation Army of Peoria, IL 401 NE Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61603.

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